Appearing as a guest on Sunday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC political analyst and Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter was busy scaremongering to get anti-Donald Trump voters to the polls, as he asserted that "the well-being of millions of citizens" is "on the ballot," and worried that there would be a "constitutional crisis" if Trump won the popular vote while losing the Electoral College: "Look, I'm normally a calm guy -- you know this -- but this is really serious."
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, far left host Bill Maher seemed to be in a panic over the possibility that Donald Trump will be elected President, as he repeatedly hit on his worries that there is a "slow-moving, right-wing coup" that will bring to power a "fascist" President Trump, even going so far as to invoke the Rwanda genocide of the 1990s and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Maher even ended up admitting that he and other liberals "cried wolf" in their attacks on President George W. Bush and GOP candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain, calling it a "big mistake" on their part.
On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of early voting statistics from North Carolina finding black turnout is down from 2012, co-host Chris Cuomo asserted that "it seems to be rigged against the African-American vote" as he recalled Donald Trump's accusations of election "rigging," and suggested that there was "sinister" activity by the Republican legislature in making changes in the election system.
As New York magazine columnist Frank Rich appeared as a guest on Tuesday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon brought up the latest display of hyperbolic comparisons between Donald Trump and former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, as the CNN host asked Rich about his latest article which likens Trump supporters to those who supported Hitler's rise to power. The piece even threw in a charge that former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had whipped up an "anti-Obama lynch mob hysteria."
In his article, titled "Trump's Appeasers," Rich suggested that Republicans -- some of whom he likened to "collaborators" and others to "appeasers" -- would be to blame if someone worse than Trump and more Hitler-like succeeds in coming to power in the future. The liberal columnist warned: "Trump has made himself the supreme leader of an enraged swath of Americans, perhaps some 40 percent of the electorate, as eager to blow up our republic as the Nazis were Weimar."
Reacting to news that the FBI had released documentation on former President Bill Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich from 2001, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin exasperatedly declared that the agency was either being "oblivious and incompetent" or "actively partisan" in the presidential race. He later observed that the document release "makes the FBI look like a wing of the Republican party."
On Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of FBI Director James Comey's revelation that the agency is resuming its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email correspondence from her time as Secretary of State, CNN political analyst David Gergen fretted over Donald Trump's call to "lock her up" for criminal behavior, asserting that "nothing has been more objectionable than these cries by Donald Trump that he's going to -- if he's President, he's going to lock up Hillary Clinton. All these cries about 'Lock her up.'"
In a report aired on Sunday's 60 Minutes on CBS -- and previewed in a piece on Friday's CBS Evening News -- medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook highlighted some of the problems seen in Colorado that have increased in the couple of years since the state legalized marijuana use in 2014. LaPook spoke with a doctor from Pueblo County who recalled a substantial increase in women giving birth whose newborn babies test positive for marijuana, threatening the babies with permanent brain development problems.
On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, liberal comedienne Chelsea Handler joined with host Maher to promote the use of alcohol and illicit drugs as the two excoriated those who abstain as being "untrustworthy" and "f***ing tricky." Maher brought up Donald Trump's refusal to drink alcohol as a strike against the GOP presidential candidate, as he brought aboard Handler and soon posed: "One thing we did on this show for a while was trying to show red flags about Donald Trump, and I love one of yours that I did not think of, which is that he doesn't drink. And you say this is a red flag."
Appearing as a guest on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, far left CNN political commentator Van Jones made his latest venture into hyperbole as he claimed that congressional Republicans would be committing "treason" if they keep their promises to "obstruct" Hillary Clinton's agenda if she is elected President. And, even though the federal government exists as three branches for the purpose of preventing "tyranny," Jones claimed that it would be "tyranny of the branch" if Senate Republicans blocked Clinton's Supreme Court nominees.
On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, during a discussion of the possibility Donald Trump might start a right-wing news network, host Joy Reid suggested that such a network could exist for some on the right who think "Fox News doesn't hate Muslims enough." Liberal comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah then cracked that some believe Fox News is "too lazy to join the Klan," and, after recalling incidents of the word "Trump" being used to vandalize mosques, declared "the name 'Trump' is becoming a modern day version of the Swastika."
Appearing as a guest in a pre-recorded segment on Saturday's CNN Newsroom, liberal comedienne Chelsea Handler slammed Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as a "loser" who "should be sent to Utah and, like, locked up in a little barn there," inspiring laughter from CNN host Poppy Harlow as she responded, "I like Utah." Handler also declared that she is not simply supporting Clinton to oppose Donald Trump, lauding the Democratic nominee as "more qualified to do this job than maybe anybody ever in history."
Since a number of women have gone public with charges that Donald Trump groped or forceably kissed them in past encounters, there has been a pattern of the broadcast networks being more likely to use the words "sexual assault" in referring to Trump's behavior, while using more toned down or vague wording to describe accusations against former President Bill Clinton of behavior that is at least as severe. This double standard has especially recurred several times over the past week on ABC's World News Tonight.
Monday's CBS Evening News devoted a full report to a high school football team in Seattle whose players have been following the lead of the NFL's Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest against "racial inequality." As the report did not challenge at all the premise of minorities being mistreated generally, when detractors were mentioned, the two players featured were seen complaining that some "Caucasians" and "white males" were criticizing their actions.
On his Sunday show yesterday, CNN host Fareed Zakaria devoted almost all of the first half of his one-hour show to an interview with far-left comedian Bill Maher, whom the CNN host gushed over being "one of the most astute political observers of our time."
Maher, whose HBO show is infamous for its vulgarity, attacked Donald Trump voters as "vulgar, tacky, racist people," and repeated Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" smear. And later on, he likened Republicans going after Hillary Clinton to police officers harassing a black driver. Maher: "I always say she's like a black driver in a white neighborhood, and the police are the Republicans. They keep pulling her over, and they keep having to let her go."
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show on CNN, Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff -- formerly of both NBC and Newsweek -- recounted that, both in the 1992 presidential campaign and through the 1990s, Hillary Clinton "was very much a part of the damage control" around her husband Bill Clinton's past relationships with women as she "was focused on discrediting accusations of misconduct against her husband, discrediting women who had rumored about, who came forward to talk about relationships that they might have with Bill Clinton."
As Wednesday's CBS Evening News ran portions of an interview with the widow of Charlotte police shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott, conspicuously absent from the report was the portion of the interview in which CBS's Gayle King asked about her husband's violent past which had resulted in his wife seeking a protective order against him last year. After being omitted on the CBS Evening News, that portion of the interview did appear the next day on CBS This Morning.
A couple of weeks ago, the CBS Evening News was notably one of the broadcast news shows that neglected to inform viewers about revelations that Keith Scott had a criminal history which involved not only a conviction for shooting a man and shooting at police officers, but also more recently of violent behavior toward his wife and child. The evening news cast still has not filled in viewers on that relevant criminal history in spite of their revisiting the story on Wednesday.
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of sexual harassment accusations against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, host Don Lemon at one point cited a dubious fact check by PolitiFact -- which sometimes engages in dodgy analysis at the expense of conservatives in spite of being touted as an unbiased group.
When right-leaning CNN political commentator and Trump supporter Corey Lewandowski brought up the audio recordings of Hillary Clinton as a young attorney laughing about successfully helping a child rapist avoid justice -- whom she knew to be guilty -- in part because of mistakes made by the prosecution, Lemon jumped in to cite PolitiFact as he claimed that the accusation "has been rated completely false," and at one point even seemed to suggest that the audiotape proving Clinton laughed was "doctored."
As liberal CNN commentators Bakari Sellers and Maria Cardona appeared as panel members on Tuesday's CNN Tonight to react to a report by CNN's Tom Foreman mostly recalling sexual assault victims who have made complaints about abuse by Bill and Hillary Clinton, both denied that Hillary had been caught laughing about successfully defending a child rapist in spite of the existence of an audio recording of just that.
And, in spite of the fact that Foreman's report dealt mostly with sexual assault victims, Sellers feebly began by trying to use the standard liberal argument that Hillary Clinton had the right to be angry at women who had "cheated" with her husband. Conservative CNN political commentator Kayleigh McEnany had to job of taking them both on with little assistance from other panel members, with Sellers and Cardona calling some of the charges against Hillary "not true" and "a lie."
As the broadcast network evening newscasts on Monday recalled both the tape from 2005 revealing Donald Trump speaking lewdly about his behavior toward women, and Trump inviting women who have accused Bill Clinton of either sexual harassment or assault to Sunday's debate, there was an obvious double standard in the willingness to use the term "sexual assault" with regard to Trump's behavior, while Clinton's behavior was alluded to in a more vague and toned down manner.
On Monday's Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN, during a discussion of reaction to the tape of Donald Trump speaking lewdly about women with Billy Bush, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye at one point went berzerk and started shouting when conservative CNN political commentator and Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany confronted her with reports of Hillary Clinton's attacks on women who made sexual assault accusations against her husband, Bill Clinton.